Week 64: Weigh-in Results

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  1. Nik says:

    Congratulations on losing more weight! Personally I found the 200 lbs barrier extremely difficult. After having lost ~20 lbs very rapidly I plateaued at exactly 200 for about two weeks. It was extremely frustrating, but perseverance brought me to 197 this week :).

    Awesome blog!

  2. Greg says:

    Remember that the rate of weight loss gets slower as you get thinner. In other words, it gets harder as you go along. But you’re still moving in the right direction, which is what matters.

  3. Brian the Brain says:

    Tyler, how tall are you?

    I’m a life insurance agent and just wanted to compare your new weight with your old weight just to see how much money you’ll save on life insurance.

    I’m weird, and I’m not licensed in your state so this isn’t a sales pitch.

  4. Al says:

    I have the same plan (30/60…2000). But right now i got a lot of weight to lose so I am sticking to cardio and leaving the weights for when I lost a bulk of my weight.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Kyle says:

    Nice work Tyler. My update/weigh-in day isn’t until tomorrow, but I wanted to post a comment to show my continued support of your journey!

    Also, with your arms getting some bulk, you may have “gained” some lean muscle. Nothing wrong with that!

  6. Kyle says:

    Tyler is 6’2″. Click on the “About” tab up top to see his bio.

  7. Jaclyn says:

    Tyler the TANK,
    My plan = a little New Orleans Voo Doo, a little Cuban Santeria. Some praying to Zeus, Apollo, maybe Venus. Rubbing some Buddha belly and doing so Indian rain dances! I so silly!
    Ok, but for real. At some point isnt there some some sort of “muscle weighs more than fat” issue to be identified?

    Im not sure whos gonna celebrate more when you reach 199, me or you! 🙂
    Hugs Friend

  8. Jim says:

    Not only does it get slower as you get down in weight, but if you’re also working your muscles, building muscle tissue that wasn’t there also slows it down or might even reverse it, though if that’s the cause of the reversal, it’s certainly nothing to worry about.

  9. BuckeyeBetty says:

    I have lost 55 lbs and have kept it off for almost 2 years. The big keys for me were the food journal and eating 5x per day. I eat lean protein, salads, fruit and nuts during the day and have a balanced dinner. I cook a lot, which makes it easier for me to control calories in. I work out 6x per week, mostly because it is a good outlet for my work stress. I am a bit ADD in exercise, so I do a variety: Run 2 days, Swim 1 day, yoga 1 day, bike and free weights 2 days. I also play soccer every Sunday. I could still lose another 5-10 lbs, but I am not as concerned about it as I once was.

  10. greg says:

    What’s your ultimate goal? I’m 6’1″ and have a very broad frame, weight aside. The BMI really isn’t that accurate for me. It thinks I should be in the 180 range. I think I’d be emaciated. My guess is the 210-220 range. My goal is to hit 230 and reevaluate from there. 36 down, 70 to go. Ugh.

    An alternative rule of thumb I found online says to take the ratio of your waist over your shoulder circumference. If it’s a .9, you’re good. If it gets to 1 or higher, your waist is bigger than your shoulders and that’s trouble.

  11. Tyler says:

    Yep, 74 inches tall.

  12. Matt says:

    Not only does it slow down as you lose weight and add muscle, you are also much more susceptible to fluctuations based on water and waste retention.

  13. Tara says:

    Are you sure you’re not using voodoo? I’m pretty sure I saw some chicken feet and candles in your backyard.

    My plan – 1650 net calories / day. Trainer two times a week. The other five days = swim 1 mile, elliptical 60 minutes or run.

    5 months ago my plan was get up, go to work then come home and play video games for 6 hours. Thanks for showing me there is another life out there that needs to be lived!

  14. Tyler says:

    My ultimate goal is to look good. I don’t really care about the weight in the long run, I just want to be healthy and have some muscles. After hitting 199, the scale will mean very little to me.

  15. Tyler says:

    What video games? I’m actually thinking about getting a Playstation 3 eventually (when I have time again).

  16. Tyler says:

    Dances?! I want to learn how to dance. That might be my next big adventure after softball.

    Yes, that point is coming. After 199, I’m going to care very little about the scale and just build muscle.

    Oh, and you’re enlisted? In what?

  17. Cory says:

    So dang close!!! Well, maybe next week is the one…. keep it up!

  18. jeff says:

    My plan is up to 3300 calories a day and work out 6 to 7 days a week. As I get smaller I’ll have less daily calories. My workouts are usually cardio (elliptical or rowing machine) 30 minutes then lifting weights for an hour. On weekends I usually have a long session on the elliptical (Saturday) and the rower (Sunday). Its sounds like its a lot but it really isn’t. Just 2 hours a day toward greath health that’s all.

  19. Congrats. You will be there one happy day.
    Since starting on the heliobacter pylori killing spree and losing 5 plus pounds in one week, I am now averaging 1/2 pound a week off.
    I eat 1400 cal/day, up to 1600 occasionally.
    I do an hour of water aerobics while treading water for greater calories burned, three times a week.
    I jog/walk at the beach, barefoot in the sand three times a week and have gotten up to 15 minutes of jogging time, 20 minutes walking.
    I garden and am helping shovel 5 more tons of gravel around my yard.
    I’m so happy to be on the going down side of the numbers.

  20. Brian the Brain says:

    That means he’d potentially qualify for our best rate. He went from being denied or getting our worse rate to SuperPreferred in 1 year.

    So if he needed a $250k policy for 20 years…(if they would have issued it) he went from potentially $60 a month to $28 a month. And if he was older, it would be so much more of a difference….Way to go man!

  21. Don’t worry about the fluctuation of the scale, especially at this point in your weight-loss adventure. Don’t forget you had the wedding, so maybe you ate a few things there that jumped up your caloric intake for the week.

    At any rate, I’d give my little finger on my left hand to be where you’re at right now, although I guess I wouldn’t appreciate the journey so much.

    Keep up the great work.

  22. R.H. says:

    I’ve had the same pattern with myself. I’ll lose up to 6 pounds withing 2 weeks, then gain a pound or so, then lose more in later weeks. Get’s me down when I gain weight, but hey, as long as I’m losing more than I’m gaining, it’s all good! Good job, Tyler! You’ll get under 200 in no time!

  23. KellieD says:

    My plan is to make sure I exercise daily, keep my portions small, drink lots of water, get rid of the weight that went on after being put on a new medicine and HAVE FUN DOING IT!!

    Toward that end, my exercise is exploring the logging areas, following the elk trails both of which involve climbing over downed logs, making my way uphill and down and just plain enjoying myself. Amazing how much exercise you get just “playing” as you found out when you went to the park.

  24. Kevin says:

    I started my 100+ pound weight loss journey Monday at 338 pounds estimated. I am currently doing 30 minutes of cardio on a treadmill 5-6 days a week, a trying to maintain 2,500 calories a day for now. In 3 weeks I plan on raising to 45 minutes on a treadmill 5-6 days a week, and then in 6 to be doing one hour. I’m also doing weight training on Fridays only for now. I am currently a full time 29 year old college student, so by the summer break I want to do 2 hours of cardio & one hour of strength training per day 5-6 days a week for the duration of summer break. Any other suggestions?

  25. Ruthie says:


    I have been following your blog every since I saw you on CNN, you are so motivateing! I have lost 15 pounds since…I don’t have a lot of weight to lose maybe 15 more but I am doing it like you eat less and exercise and I am really focusing on building muscle this time not just losing weight because the more muscle you have the easier it is to keep the weight off and the better you look (with in reason). I LOVE you and your blog!!!! Can’t wait for your book 🙂

  26. kate says:

    It’s like the 100s are just teasing you.

  27. kate says:

    All of this is why I think you should start taking measurements. Neck, waist, thighs chest (around shoulders for men) for loss. Biceps for gain and chest again for gain when you start doing more focused exercises. This way, when you post your weigh in and there’s not not a large number, you can see how your measurements go up and down which have expectedly small improvements.

  28. Vinny says:

    Great job man!! You will be at 199 very soon. I am hoping to be where you are now by this time next year. I have 103 lbs to go and I just take it day by day.

    My plan is to keep doing cardio (tredmill) for 1 hour a day 5 days a week and hopefully start to do another machine soon. In 2 more weeks I would like to be up to 90 min of cardio a day 5 times a week.

    Just started my blog if you want to visit. Nothing fancy, just want something to hold me accountable.

  29. Molly says:

    Your plan is as simple as my plan. 🙂

  30. Bob says:

    Tyler –

    I think you need to find a new scale to track your progress. Years ago, I went to a health food store, and for $20 a session, I used a $32,000 body fat scale called the “Bod Pod.” I was disappointed with my $50 scale telling me I only lost 8 lbs, but with the Bod Pod I found that I lost 21 lbs of fat, and gained 13 lbs of muscle in one month. I think you’re getting to the point that you need to see the pounds you’re putting on with the weights and realize what a great job you’re doing. You’re killing the fat – you just can’t see it in the numbers. I unfortunately have no idea where you can find a Bod Pod now, but maybe someone who reads your blog will have some insight.

    Good Luck!

  31. Bob says:

    Amazing what a little research will do –

    Here are the places that offer the Bod Pod in South Carolina:

    The Citadel
    (843) 953-5060

    FitMed Partners
    (843) 284-5720

    Rock Hill
    Winthrop University
    (803) 323-4553

  32. Kevin,

    I’m a lot like you in the regard that I love attacking goals. While the intesity gets me off the couch I can get burned out or injured. And that slows my roll.

    If your goal is to lose, then focus on losing. If your goal is to be able to do marathon exercise sessions, that’s cool too. Just prioritize. If you keep tracking your progress like Tyler does try keeping the workout steady until your loss slows. Only then should you add more effort.

    Think of the extra time you’ll have to do other stuff!

  33. Greg, I’ve heard a bodybuilding variation on that. It was bicep to waist, though. 2 x’s bis should == waist.

    There’s also the Statue of David method where calf should equal bicep should equal neck.

  34. You could always just do the calculation with bodyfat% numbers done by caliper. I hired a personal trainer in Charlotte to do mine once per month just so I know I’m on track.

  35. Sean says:

    Well even though my gowear fit has said that I have had a 750 calorie deficit a day for the last 30 days I haven’t lost any weight. Stuck between 180 and 187. However my body fat % has dropped. I use this site http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/iwc for the navy and ymca methods and a the tanta scale to estimate body fat. I kinda disregard the ymca method as it seems way lower than the other 2. Over the 100 pound loss I could pull 1500 calorie a day deficits but no longer anything lower than 750 and my body screams for food. Its not boredom hunger or minor hunger its full blown chase and animal down and eat it alive type hunger. Keep chipping away at it, I thought I would be in maint mode by now but I guess not. My original goal was 175 lbs but now its 10% body fat and right now I am at 16-17%. Good luck!

  36. kate says:

    Or even the army standards. There’s loads of online military body fat calculators and they’re fairly accurate and all $0.


    For example. It’s on the right.

  37. Tara says:

    I was a massive player of World of Warcraft…

    addict I would even venture to say.

    BTW, dude I just watched your video…LOOK AT YOUR GUNS!!!!

  38. Tara says:

    Congratulations on starting this lovely, albeit challenging journey!

  39. Rachel says:

    Your doing so great! Im down 54 pounds since december 15th…its still coming off steadily…thanks for the inspiration!

  40. ed says:

    OMG! I loved WOW!

  41. ed says:

    I started my 145 pound weight loss effort on Jan 11th. As of last monday, I have lost 50 pounds in 3 months. I did it by cutting my calorie intake to 1700-1800/day. I also changed what I eat. More whole wheat instead of enriched white flour, more fiber, less sugar. I still eat what I want, I just make sure its in moderation. I also go to the gym for at least an hour a day for 6 day a week. I was lifting weights, but stopped for some unknown reason. I need to get back into it.

  42. Matt says:

    You should seriously consider at least doing bodyweight exercises. One study showed that losing weight results in about 75% fat/25% muscle loss. Lifting weights, reduced that to ~2% muscle loss.

  43. Tara says:

    And look where it got us Ed?

    Stupid WoW.

  44. Jay says:

    Slowly but surly.. what’s your goal weight Tyler? Mine is 190 so far… Lol I’ll see if I want to lose more weight once I reach that goal.

  45. Laura says:

    I still love WOW! I find time to play it once in awhile.. but def. not an addict

  46. Think about it this way: You’re so close you can taste it. But don’t eat it because you have to drop a pound this week!

  47. Tara says:


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